It was originally a market on the banks of the Siak River which was developed by Minang traders in the 18th century, Pekanbaru developed rapidly into a city with a high rate of population growth and displacement. The capital city of Riau Province is the largest economic center in the eastern region of Sumatra. This is also supported by the crude oil and fisheries industries.
In order to support mobility and public transportation to enter and exit Pekanbaru City, Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport operates all time. This is the only airport in Pekanbaru which serves commercial flights to connect Pekanbaru with various major cities in the country, including major cities in Southeast Asia such as Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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Pekanbaru features historical and natural charm to attract tourists. Below are the list of three most popular recommendations when you visit this city.
Location: Jalan Sultan Syarif Kasim, Kampung Dalam, Siak.
This tourist attraction is one of the historical icons of Riau City. This palace is said to be the legacy of the most famous Siak Kingdom. Tourists are guaranteed to be amazed with the splendor of the palace buildings that combine Malay, Arabic and European architectural styles. Inside, visitors can see the entire palace filled with various objects of the Sultan Siak that are still well-maintained.
Location: Muara Sungai Kampar, Kabupaten Pelalawan.
Due to the Kampar River, the name Riau becomes popular in the eyes of the world. This river becomes the target of surfing lovers. The natural phenomenon in this place is indeed rare because as a river, Kampar has waves similar to the ocean. The Kampar River waves even have their own famous name, Bono. Whoever visits Pekanbaru, would be curious to get acquainted with Bono.
Location: Desa Muara Takus, Kecamatan XIII Koto Kampar, Kampar.
Tourists must visited Muara Takus Temple when they were in Pekanbaru, regardless of whether they were a history enthusiast or not. This is the oldest temple in Sumatra which is as the only historical site in the form of a temple in Riau. Here, everyone can enjoy recreation by hunting photos and walking through all parts of the temple that are very unique to study thier history.
Pekanbaru offers seafood as a culinary attraction. For authentic experiences, below are the most popular eating places in Pekanbaru.
Location: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Tengkerang Tengah, Marpoyan Damai.
Open every day, 09:00 - 22:00 WIB.
This is the place that is most of the people visited to taste the Asam Pedas Baung. The specialty of this excellent food stall is not only from the sour spicy flavored. The Baung fish used here is proven not fishy because it is taken fresh from the Kampar River. This restaurant is always crowded by various type of people, ranging from young to old people, employees, government officials and celebrities. Due to its crowd, Rumah Makan Pondok Asam Pedas Baung can spend 40 kilograms of fishes every single day.
Location: Jenderal Sudirman nomor 202, Tengkerang Tengah, Marpoyan Damai.
Open every day, 10:30 - 22:00 WIB.
The deliciousness from the taste of Malay specialties can be found in RM Pondok Gurih. The restaurant appeared with a predominantly bamboo design to show the nuances of Malay. Due to its spacious and beautiful place, it makes RM Pondok Gurih suitable for big family and group. Some mandatory menus here are: Asam Pedas Patin, Gulai Kepala Ikan Kakap, and various of fried seafood.
Location: Jalan Kaharuddin Nst nomor 1, Simpang Tiga, Marpoyan Damai.
Open every day, 09:00 - 21:00 WIB.
Pondok Patin H.M Yunus is favored by tourists because it serves special culinary Pekanbaru, Pindang Patin. This restaurant operated since 1987 and never have another branch. The sensation of eating Pindang Patin here is so special with the concept of eating at the Padang Restaurant, where all menus are served on the table when guests arrived. Aside Pindang Patin, there are also a variety of Malay culinary delights for example Gulai Udang, Ikan Seluang Goreng, and Ikan Pantau Goreng.